The Karen National Union met with the Burmese government in Mae Sot, Thailand, on Tuesday to keep the peacemaking talks on track, officials said. KNU General-Secretary Zipporah Sein said that she believed such meetings are important, in that they increase understanding between the two sides and serve to increase confidence regarding each sides’ intentions.
Railway Minister Aung Min led the government delegation. The six-member KNU delegation was led by Zipporah Sein, according to an article published on the Karen News website.
“We discussed what we agreed to with the government at our previous peace talks and what we will continue to do to ensure the process is on track. We also let them know about the changes we have made in our working procedures,” said Zipporah Sein.
The discussions centered on the liaison offices set up to ease conflict issues between the two sides and the concerns of Karen people about land confiscation problems.
Aung Min said that local villagers should submit reports about their difficulties to the liaison offices. On April 6, the two sides signed a 13-point peace agreement in Rangoon.
According to sources close to the KNU, there was no discussion about military issues.